Disney Sci-Fi Dine in Theater
If you are looking for one of the most entertaining restaurants in Disney World then head to the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You would never know from the exterior the entertainment that is inside this highly original restaurant but as you can see from the amazing picture above you are in for a treat.
Whilst some guests report that the food is rather average most everyone agrees that you can’t beat the highly original interior design! Where else will you sit in a table which looks like a convertible car whilst watching a movie reel and be served by wait staff on roller skates? Disney’s Sci-Fi Diner is one of our definite must experience Disney World Restaurants.
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You step back into the 1950s when you enter the Sci-Fi Dine In. Lots of 1950s movie posters line the walls. When you enter the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater you will notice three things. The convertible car tables. The huge movie screen. The dark.
Most of the tables in the Disney Sci-Fi Dine In look like convertible cars. There is a huge screen in front of you – just like an original drive in movie theater. Most of the tables have this car design but always make sure that you request one if you want one (and be prepared to wait even longer).
There are some picnic type tables at the back of the room but these really aren’t anywhere near as much fun. Much of the appeal of the restaurant is sitting in the car tables so you will likely be disappointed if you don’t sit in one. Be aware though that the car type tables are quite small and you may feel a little cramped. It is so dark it is very difficult to actually read the menus! However, we think that this just adds to the whole experience.
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The disadvantage of the car tables is that you are seated in rows. This is fine if you have a larger party. But if you are a couple you will most likely be sitting behind someone you don’t know and trying to eat and watch the movie reel over the top of their head!
The huge screen at the front of the restaurant which shows a really entertaining movie which features Walt Disney himself. It is a series of clips from 1950s Sci-fi B movies. The reel is about 35 minutes long, so you will most likely be watching it more than once. It would be good if they could add to this so it is longer as it is a big reason why you dine in the restaurant.
The main appeal of the Disney Sci-Fi Dine In restaurant is the atmosphere and the decor. It is something that you really do need to experience at least once. The food in my opinion is average. Expect reasonable quality diner food and you won’t be disappointed. I know some of you are going to disagree with me and say that the food is amazing but for me it is one of my least favorite Disney World restaurants if I am looking just at the food. However, for fun factor this is one of my favorites. My kids absolutely love it which is why we will always go back.
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So what is on the menu at the Sci-Fi Dine in Theater? It serves lunch and dinner and here is the new dinner menu:
Disney Sci-Fi Dine in Theater Menu
Spicy Buffalo Popcorn Chicken – blue cheese dressing and celery sticks $9.50
Sci-Fi Appetizer Sampler – Honey-Barbecued Chicken Wings, Crispy Onion Rings, Fried Dill Pickles with Spicy Ranch and Horseradish dipping sauces. $19
Fried Dill Pickles – served with spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce $9
Spinach and Artichoke Dip – Monterey Jack and Parmesan, Spinach, and Artichokes served with Corn Tortilla Chips $8.50
Crispy Onion Rings – Horseradish Dipping Sauce $8.50
Sci-Fi Salad – Mixed greens, dried cranberries, Granny Smith apples, blue cheese crumbles and sunflower seeds tossed in balsamic vinaigrette $8
Disney Sci-Fi Diner Entrees
Salmon BLT Sandwich – Served on a warm ciabatta bread, arugula, seasonal tomatoes, crispy bacon and chili-chive aioli; substitute grilled chicken $15.5; salmon $16.5
Flame-broiled New York Strip Steak – topped with garlic-herb butter and served with cheesy-horseradish potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and crispy onion rings $32
The All American Picnic Burger Flame Broiled Angus Burger Patty topped with Grilled Hot Dog, Sauerkraut, Sauteed Onions, Pickle Spear, Ketchup and Mustard. Served with a choice of Cucumber Salad or Fries $15.99
Whole Grain Pasta with Seasonal Vegetables and Fresh Tomato Broth $17.99
Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Watercress, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Mayonaise and drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar on a Caraway Salted Bun Served with French Fires or Cucumber Salad $14.99
Sci-Fi Angus Burger – topped with pulled pork, Sriracha barbecue sauce, swiss cheese, and pickled apple slaw $19
Sci-Fi Seasonal Specialty Burger – Ask your Car hop for details. $19
The Reuben – Corned Beef, Sauerkraut, Swiss, and Thousand Island Dressing on Marble Rye Bread served with Pickle Spear and choice of Cucumber Salad or French Fries $15
Build-Your-Own Angus Burger – on a brioche bun, flame-broiled beef patty topped with your choice of the following: Swiss, cheddar, or American cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, caramelized onions, mushrooms, bacon, onion rings, or barbecue sauce $17.50
Southwest Vegetarian Burger – black bean and vegetable patty topped with a warm house-made tomato jam, arugula, fresh tomatoes, and avocado mayonnaise on a toasted bun with choice of cucumber salad or sweet potato fries $14
Smoked Turkey Sandwich – on fresh-baked multigrain roll, smoked turkey, hickory-smoked crispy Bacon, Lettuce, and Vine-ripened Tomatoes with Avocado Mayonnaise $14
House-smoked St.Louis-style Pork Ribs – Lightly-brushed with Barbecue Sauce served with Baked Beans and Coleslaw $24
Shrimp or Chicken Pasta – tossed in a sun-dried tomato cream sauce, with artichoke hearts, capers, fresh herbs, parmesan, and asparagus tips; choose between campanelle or whole-grain penne pasta; with chicken $24; with shrimp $25
Grilled Marinated Salmon Salad – on top of farm fresh greens, seasonal tomatoes, crispy bacon, chili-chive ranch dressing, topped with house-made crostini; substitute grilled chicken $15.50; with salmon $16.50
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie – with fresh vegetables, black beans, and chipotle peppers blended to replicate the pie mom used to make, topped with mashed potatoes and cheddar cheese $15
Out-of-This-World Turtle Cheesecake – with Heath Bar, Pecans, Chocolate Chips, Caramel Sauce, and topped with Whipped Cream $6.99
No Sugar Added Dessert Brownie with Ice Cream and Strawberries $7.99
Apple Crumble $7.99
Hot Fudge Sundae $7.99
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake – Warm Chocolate Cake with a creamy Peanut Butter center served a la mode $7.99
Non Alcoholic Specialty Drinks
Glowing Character Punch Minute Maid Light Lemonade Punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney Character Light $7.00
Milk Shakes Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry or Oreo Cookie Ice Cream $5.50
Sc-Fi Dine In Theater Kids Menu
There are plenty of choices on the kids menu at Disney Sci-Fi Diner:
Appetizers For Kids
Chicken Noodle Soup $3
Garden Salad $3
Celery and Carrot Sticks – with ranch dressing $3
Disney Sci-Fi Diner Entrees
Macaroni & Cheese $10
Popcorn Chicken $11
Mickey Check Meals
Grilled Chicken Breast – with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots, and Sliced Apples for dessert served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Water. $11 Mickey Check Item
Whole-Wheat Penne Pasta – served with Chicken, Marinara Sauce, Green Beans, Carrots, and Sliced Apples for dessert served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Water. $10 Mickey Check Item
Grilled Salmon – with Ancient Grains, Green Beans, Carrots, and Sliced Apples for dessert served with choice of Small Lowfat Milk or Small Water. $12 Mickey Check Item
The Sci-Fi Dine in Theater is an experience which you have to have at least once when you visit Disney World. Go for the atmosphere and not for the food and you will not be disappointed.
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